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HMS Bulwark rescues 1,000 in one day in largest operation to date

The crew of Royal Navy vessel HMS Bulwark have rescued more than 1,000 migrants in just one day in their largest operation to date.

In one operation at least 10 pregnant women were saved. The latest mission brings the total number of people rescued by the ship to 2,700.

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HMS Bulwark in race to rescue thousands more migrants

Many of the boats migrants are on do not even have engines. Credit: ITV News

Royal Navy ship HMS Bulwark has already helped save the lives of more than 4,000 migrants - and tonight it will rescue more.

There are reports another 3,000 migrants have left Libya today, many on boats which are unseaworthy and do not even have engines.

After being towed out to sea, they are left to drift for days by human traffickers.

Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, who is aboard the ship tonight, told ITV News Europe is still not doing enough to tackle the problem.

He said: "The whole of Europe really need to adopt a more comprehensive approach to get after the traffickers, to understand how they're making money out of this trade in human misery and to do more to discourage people from leaving these countries."

Political correspondent Carl Dinnen reports from HMS Bulwark:

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